#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Nornickel and Helsinki Shipyard Oy are building an icebreaker that meets environmental safety standards. The vessel’s navigation area will be the Yenisey river basin, the Yenisey Bay and the Kara sea, which will provide access to the seaport of Dudinka for both Nornickel’s corporate fleet and partner ships.
The icebreaker’s task is to lay a canal in the Yenisey for the Arc7 ice class vessels owned by the company and towing additionally chartered Arc5 class cargo vessels with a deadweight of up to 20 000 tons. The icebreaker’s home port will be Murmansk.
The draft design of the new vessel was developed in cooperation with Aker Arctic Technology Oy. The construction will begin this year. It is expected that Nornickel will receive it by winter navigation in 2025.
It is important for the company that the construction of the new icebreaker be completed by the end of 2024. This will provide an opportunity to expand the transport capacity required for the Nornickel’s strategic investment projects implementation, as well as programs for the renewal of Norilsk. The vessel will operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG) in accordance with modern environmental trends in decarbonization and will be the first LNG icebreaker to escort ships on the Northern Sea Route.
The new icebreaker will be equipped with a dual-fuel power plant capable of operating on both LNG and low-sulphur diesel fuel. This will improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
It will be able to move in snow-covered ice up to two meters thick, including stern forward, it will be equipped with a helipad and will be able to carry cargo.
The vessel will complement the Nornickel’s Arctic fleet, which consists of six Arc7 reinforced ice-class vessels – five container ships and one tanker.
Recently, the nuclear-powered icebreaker Taimyr, which was working in the interests of Nornickel on the Dudinka line, participated in the operation to remove a caravan of ships stuck in the east of the Northern Sea Route from ice captivity.
Text: Denis Kozhevnikov, Photo: Nornickel press service